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Main Street of Monticello, Florida, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization established in 1997. We have a board consisting of 8 directors and one project manager.
Creating and marketing a positive image of downtown Monticello and Jefferson county through sound economic development that promotes our future while preserving our past.
*First Floridians First Americans 2015*
Three full days of presentations told the story of Florida’s people before the Spanish came. Archaeologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, other scholars, many who worked on digs in Jefferson County, will explain what the pre-Clovis discoveries — artifacts proven to be more than 14,000 years old found in this area mean to scholars and the people who live close to the sites.
Dennis Stanford, head archaeologist for the Smithsonian opened this second First Floridians First Americans Conference. Mike Waters of the Center for the First Americans at Texas A & M University explained the controversy among scholars created by discoveries made in the Aucilla Basin. He told of past local discoveries such as a stone knife embedded in plant matter and a mammoth tusk scholars contend is the earliest proven large animal kill in North America. Scholars discussed the possibility that this part of coastal Florida may prove to be the earliest human settlement in North America. There is even a question that these paleoIndians may have come from Europe.
Confirmed scholars from Georgia, Pennsylvania and Canada agreed to design their remarks to make them understandable and interesting to laymen. Papers were edited for publication post-conference and slide presentations were posted on the First Floridians web site. We presented an extensive display of artifacts from this area, with informational docents, open to viewing by the public to help explain the story of the First Floridians: First Americans.
This project gives scholars new information and lay attendees an understanding of the importance of protecting the archaeological, anthropological and early historic sites in our county.
Our target audience was residents and students of Monticello, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Leon & surrounding counties and scholars interested in the archaeological exploration of the Southeast.
Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian, Jim Dunbar, Lee Newsom, David Webb, Glenn Doran, Erv Garrison were among the scholars present.
(1) Educate local residents and students about the importance of the paleo Indian discoveries in the Aucilla Basin, and help them understand how critical it is to protect them from pot-hunters and progress.
(2) Keep the discoveries in the Aucilla Basin a part of the paleoIndian scholarly conversation throughout the world.
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